What is an estate sale?

It used to be the wording used for the liquidation of a deceased persons personal property was sold. Today it has become a generic term in most states for the liquidation of personal property whether the owners are alive or deceased. Read More »

Bonded and Insured: What it does

When an estate sales company advertises it is bonded and insured in means they have purchased Liability Insurance and a Surety Bond. Not all companies do this. It is not a requirement in every state and is often the choice of the individual company. Read More »

What is USPAP?

USPAP is an acronym for Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice; the mandatory guidelines that govern the performance of all licensed and certified appraisers. The goal of USPAP is to promote and maintain a high level of public trust in appraisal practice by establishing requirements for appraisers. Read More »

Estate Sales Costs

Every estate sales company operates differently. Here is an overview of what you might encounter depending on the company. Read More »

 
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This Week’s Estate Sales News, Information And Tips

 

EstateSalesNews.com shares this weeks estate sales news, information and tips.

On Sunday, August, 20th The Orange County Register in California published an article “The 7 Things You Need To Know About Selling Everything In Your House”. This article featured Simone Kelly from Grasons and your editor Carol Madden of EstateSalesNews.com. This article went national through Google Alerts.

An estate sale company was conducting an estate sale and selling a gas grill. The estate sale company hadn’t cleaned it and when a couple went to steal it they were surprised by a massive number of bees nesting inside the grill attacking them.

A “real estate” firm from Seal Beach California wrote internet multi-page article “How to Choose An Estate Sale Company”. EstateSalesNews.com offers a link at the top left of our Front Page to assist you. The article appears to have been written with assistance from two of the three major estate sale advertising listing sites as they were mentioned and linked in the ad. Realtors now giving advice on estate sale business without experience. There is no mention of estate liquidation experience from the real estate company.

Collecting sales tax at estate sales is necessary unless the state the sale is being conducted in exempts estate sales from sales tax. For example Florida and California collect sales tax, New Jersey does not.

Two large estate sales will take place next week. One in Tampa, Florida is a 4 day estate sale with 20 shipping containers filled with multiple collections. The other estate sale will be 3 days and includes an entire village collected by one gentleman in Onamia, Minnesota. EstateSalesNews.com will feature pictures and information from both estate sales early next week.

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Estate Sales: 7 things to know to sell everything in your house

Marilyn Kalfus of the Orange County Register interviewed Simone Kelly of Grasons and your editor Carol Madden of EstateSalesNews.com last week. This article about estate sales was published in the real estate section of the Orange County Register on August 21, 2016 and has appeared on several other websites including inusanews.com, Orange County Sun, follownews.com and NVS24.

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Items are displayed and tagged for a recent estate sale at a Ladera Ranch house. Simone Kelly, founder of Grasons Co. Estate Sale Services, talks with Joseph Molina, left, and Bobby Lewis. MINDY SCHAUER, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

By MARILYN KALFUS / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER STAFF WRITER

When Rocky Scott moved his family to Orange County, the overstuffed, bulky furniture that looked so right at home in Tennessee suddenly looked so wrong.

It wasn’t just the rustic style, perfect for a 7,000-square-foot house in the mountains. In sunny Southern California, the Scotts had moved into a 5,000-square-foot rental, then bought a place about half that size.

“We didn’t want to go through the aggravation and the risk of running our own sort of yard sale,” said Scott, a 46-year-old information technology executive. “It was just too much stuff. We didn’t want to manage people running in and out of the house.”

They decided to hold an estate sale.

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Shipping Containers, Cars, Jewelry, Coins At One Estate Sale

20 shipping containers, cars (vintage and used), jewelry, coins at one estate sale being conducted by Full House Liquidation in Tampa, Florida starting September 1st.

I spoke with the owner of Full House Liquidation, Danny Triplett about this upcoming Tampa estate sale.

The sale is from two brothers who were hoarders. They even used twenty 40ft. shipping containers to store in.

This estate sale includes six cars including a vintage Corvair, Kharman Gia, and VW van. There are two Suzuki motorcycles. The sale includes 100’s of brand new diecast cars, six or seven late 1800  trunks. Lone Star Boy Scout magazines, crates of brand new mens clothing with tags still attached, jewelry, coins and they are still sorting through this enormous amount of items.

This estate sale is so large the preparation is taking four weeks with staff working long hours.

The estate sale will take place for 4 days starting September 1.

EstateSalesNews.com will report on this estate sale again before it begins.

For a link to this amazing estate sale click here.

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Vintage Items This Week At Estate Sales

Vintage items this week at estate sales are plentiful. Estate sales begin across the United States today. Friday is another start day for estate sales.

Featured below are some of the vintage items that will be for sale this week at estate sales.

 

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What’s selling at estate sales this week? To find estate sales in your area check out these estate sale advertising websites.

EstateSale.com

EstateSales.org

EstateSales.net

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Vintage Barbie Dolls, Kens, Midge, Joe Collection Estate Sale

Vintage Barbie Dolls, Kens, Midge and GI Joe doll collection at a St. Louis estate sale.

This extreme lifetime collection of Barbie, Ken, Midge and GI Joe dolls begins at an estate sale on Friday, August 19th in St. Louis, MO conducted by Deja-Vu Estate Sales.

The dolls in this collection are from the 1950’s to 1960″s.

Barbies have been manufactured since 1959 by Mattel, Inc. Mattel has sold over one billion dolls. Vintage Barbie and Ken dolls are very collectible.

GI Joe and Skipper complete this life time collection of dolls.

In 2009 Barbie celebrated her 50th anniversary. Barbie and Ken have evolved over the years as seen in their clothing and hair styles.

Wikipedia offers a complete history on Barbie dolls. Here is a link to the sale.

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Estate Sale Commission Last Consideration!

The estate sale commission is your last consideration and here is why.

So many estate sale companies have come on line in the last three plus years competition has become fierce. Many new companies try to compete with a lower commission.

When looking to hire an estate sale company, the estate sale commission should not be what influences your decision. Consider the following before you even ask about the commission.

How long has the company been in business? How did the liquidator gain knowledge and experience to sell personal property contents?

Ask about the estate sale company staff and if they have experience.

Advertising is so important with so many estate sales. Ask where and how they advertise. Do they have a private email list of customers that they send to each week?

How do they conduct their set-up and staging.

Do they research for pricing and where do they look for information. eBay should not be the only answer. Experienced estate liquidators know where to research.

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Shopping At Estate Sales In Person Or Online

Shopping estate sales online or in person. Which works for you?

There are some companies that have offered online estate sales. Two large national companies prefer selling this way. Another estate sale listing website has announced that it too will offer online estate sales starting next year. All this in a growing competition to attract buyers and estate sale companies.

How do you like to shop? Do you like to handle and inspect what you’re buying personally or do you trust online sales to include all the necessary photos and information to enable you to make a decision? It is similar in this way to online auctions. You rely on the company selling to provide accurate and complete descriptions.

Many large retailers sell online only, such as Overstock and Wayfair. Selling new items with warranties or return policies can offer security. Online estate sales will usually be used items and the return policy will depend on the estate sale company. Determining whether to buy at an on site estate sale or online estate sale really depends on your comfort zone.

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Estate Sale With SnapOn And Matco Tools 1968 Camaro SS

Estate sale with SnapOn and Matco tools and 1968 Camaro SS. A car technician paradise.

Starting Saturday, March 13th in White Hall, MD this estate sale conducted by Absolute Estate Sales Of Maryland is filled with tools.

Mechanics dream estate sale. This estate sale has so many tools made by SnapOn and Matco.

The 1968 Camaro SS has a brand new paint job. Click here for more details of this sale.

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Preventing Theft At Estate Sales

Preventing theft at estate sales is important as more people attend the sale.

Estate liquidators are hiring off duty policemen for security and safety for their estate sales.

Estate sale companies can use this security to ensure orderly entrance into the estate sale as well as monitor those exiting. The off duty police officer may ask to see your receipt. He or she may also ask to look at the contents of your bags or boxes.

Estate sale staff are monitoring the personal property entrusted into their care. If staff see someone trying to steal or change a price tag, they will report this to the owner of the estate sale company and the security person.

Many estate sale companies that have caught thieves have taken to posting their photos on Facebook to warn others and hopefully prevent further theft attempts. They hope the embarrassment of their photo will succeed when viewed by the general public.

Estate sale companies can prosecute anyone caught stealing. Many use video cameras to monitor their sales.

Estate liquidators are now limiting coats and in many cases preventing pocket books from being brought into the estate sale. In Florida it is not uncommon to see yard signs that clearly say no large bags or purses.

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Estate Sale Includes House, Barn, Antiques Store, Warehouses

 

Estate sale includes house, barn, antiques store, warehouses, starting today in Angleton, TX. Marge Beegle is conducting this estate sale.

Marge calls this a “once in a lifetime sale”. Almost 100 years of antique collecting and dealing. The selection of antiques and collectibles ranges from marbles to a fire hydrant, antique furniture, canes, vintage toys and  Here is a link to learn and see more about this amazing estate sale.

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